Failure connecting to Azure point-to-site VPN

I’m trying to set up an Azure point-to-site VPN connection, and I’m receiving the following error: “The remote access connection completed, but authentication failed because the certificate that authenticates the client to the server is not valid. Ensure that the certificate used for authentication is valid. (Error 853).” I ran …

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Microsoft Azure Visio Stencils

Are you looking for Microsoft Office Visio stencils, or PNG icon sets, for Microsoft Azure? Perhaps you’re building an architectural diagram or writing technical documentation. Either way, Microsoft has recently made available an updated set of Visio stencils, PNG icons, and a Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck to preview them all! …

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PLA Blog Entries

Over the past eight months or so, I’ve posted some articles over at the Project Leadership Associates (PLA) blog. This post is a listing of them, and direct links to each post. Microsoft Windows General Fixing Windows Remote Management on Domain Controllers Windows 8.1: Disable SkyDrive (now known as Microsoft …

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ConfigMgr: A Couple of Client Tweaks via PowerShell

Disable WINS Lookup via PowerShell & WMI If you’re running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, you probably don’t need to be using the WINS lookup for Server Locator Points. Normally, you’d have to de-install the ConfigMgr client, and then re-install it with the SMSDIRECTORYLOOKUP=NOWINS MSI property. If you don’t want …

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1: Remote SQL Connectivity Problem

Recently I had some issues with a ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Primary Site communicating with a remote SQL Server 2008 R2 named instance. This was in my lab environment. I decided to upgrade the database instance from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012 SP1. Missing SQL Server Services in …

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PowerShell Summit 2013 Videos

Don Jones (@concentrateddon) recently posted about some videos that Aaron Hoover recorded at PowerShell Summit 2013. Don is short on time and bandwidth, and didn’t have time to post click-able links, so I’m just reposting them here for convenience. All credit goes to Don and Aaron for the content below! …

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SQL 2012 SP1: Errors on starting database server named instance

I recently got some weird SQL Server error messages in the Application event log after rebooting my SQL 2012 SP1 server, running on Windows Server 2012: Event ID 26014: Unable to load user-specified certificate [Cert Hash(sha1) “D3D88810B87C9533AA30CE9B2C3BDCEE3C674B97”]. The server will not accept a connection. You should verify that the certificate …

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PowerShell: A first-timer’s perspective of PowerCLI

This blog post is a description of my first experience playing around with PowerCLI, which is VMware’s PowerShell module for managing vSphere servers. I haven’t really dealt with VMware much in my past, other than VMware Workstation, so I thought it was exciting to get the chance to play around …

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